TEACH Grant Program
Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000* per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families in a high need subject area.
*Due to sequestration, TEACH grant awards where the first disbursement is made on or after October 1, 2014 must be reduced by 7.3% from the award amount for which the student would otherwise have been eligible to receive.
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students). As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.
- Must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Meet all eligibility requirements for federal student aid
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a post secondary educational institution
- Be enrolled in a program of study designated as TEACH Grant eligible program. Graduate students must be accepted into one of the following programs:
- BEST, DEAF Education, TESOL, Special Education.
- Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 prior to applying for the grant and during each of the semester that the grant is awarded)
- Complete TEACH Grant counseling online with the U.S. Department of Education annually.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and respond to requests by the U.S. Department of Education confirming your continuing intention to meet the teaching obligation.
- Contact the financial aid office to inform us about your TEACH grant application.
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
If you are eligible to receive the TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that is available electronically on a Department of Education Web site. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed.
For each TEACH Grant-eligible program for which the student received TEACH Grant funds, you must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years after you completed or withdrew from the academic program for which you received the TEACH Grant. You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher in a high need subject at a low-income school. The term highly-qualified teacher is defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or in section 602(10) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.
- The Department of Education's Annual Directory of Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits includes both elementary and secondary schools.
- Other identified teacher shortage areas can be found at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc.
- High-need fields include:
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- There may be other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc.
- For further information, please see http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/TEACH.jsp or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.